Photography Challenge with Sue Karski

A Weekly Photo Themed Blog

Week 37 – #46 Unwanted or Distracting Objects

When photographing wildlife, there is always the case where you can see the animal or bird you were seeking to photograph but.  And there is the thing – the BUT.  There is always something; a branch, a leaf, a twig, a person or a car that just got into your shot, making getting the nice image impossible.  I could post a large number of my Germany or Paris photos with all the people / cars in the wrong place, as they entered the shot before I could click the shutter.   Aarrrggh.  We all know that feeling.

So here is my unwanted branch, sticking up in front of the Great Horned Owl parent, blocking the complete view of the face of the adult.  If I moved to my left,  I would have had to move too much to my left and then you could not see their faces as well.  So here is my record shot of the parent Great Horned Owl and owlet. This was the best I got that morning –  no fantastic image – just a recording of the fact I saw the baby owlet. Some days it goes like this.   This was taken with the Sony 24 – 240 lens – and cropped to an unimaginable small portion of the original as the tree was quite a ways up from us in the Boyd Hill Preserve in Pinellas Park, Florida.


Week 36 – #9 Closely Cropped

While I did not bring a super long lens, my 24-240 was all I had to capture the surfers.  With a full frame camera and lots of megapixels, I can crop though to bring them in close. Here is a little of the action in those 20+ ft waves on the north shore of Hawai’i in February.


Week 35 – #17 Lost/Misplaced/Missing Piece

You may not understand my reasoning, but since there are 3 options in the theme, I have selected the stark images of the oil seeping from the USS Arizona for this theme.  The image shows the USS Missouri in the distance.  From the sinking of the USS Arizona which brought the United States into the war to the ship where the document for the surrender was signed, thus ending World War II.  The lost and entombed souls (missing), and how the events of the time, led to the missing of the information to prevent the attack.

This is to remember the 1,177 souls lost that day on the Arizona, and the total of 2,403 in Pearl Harbor.


Week 34 – #34 Splash of Color

During my visit to Hawai’i, one of the things that caught my attention was the splashes of color within the lava fields.  As you walk along lava trails to go see Stone Arches or Petroglyphs, you find plants have gotten into a crevice and started growing.  I was amazed to find the flower along side the road where plants were just getting started.

Given the right circumstances, Life will find a way.



Week 33 – #49 Where the “Buildings” meet the sky

Where the buildings (in this case) meet the sky.  Here is the Tampa Skyline – taken at 2:30 from the Water taxi in the Hillsborough River.  I was with the Valencia Lakes Girlfriends Fun Group and we took the tour from Rick’s on the River, after having lunch.  I would suggest the sunset tour for better lighting for photographs.

The design of the  Tampa Convention Center, as it is situated on the water, is that of a river boat.  The front ( off to the left in the image) is rounded like the bow of a ship, and the wheel house is situated towards the back – see the smaller upper lever, and finally the ramps, or stairs at the right are to resemble the paddle wheel.

I had to add the Jose Gasparilla pirate ship,the world’s only fully-rigged pirate ship – just too nice to skip.

I will end with Derek Jeter’s 32,700 sq ft mansion with its 2,500 sq.ft. master suite with closets the size of most bedrooms (Getting from the bed to the toilet is a haul!)  The pool is a rectangle that runs from rounded edge on the left (about a third in) to the rounded edge on the right (about a third in).



Week 32 – #11 Four


For this entry, I present four (4) cowboys – er three cowboys and one cowgirl, from the Dry Creek location.  This was a outing sponsored by Sony and Johnson PhotoImaging (JPI) of Bradenton, FL.  We were there to see the sony cameras and lenses, and to get a chance to try them out in a real life setting (well a former tv set), to see how they performed.  I stayed with my existing equipment – sony A7R II and 24-240 lens. The only lens I might have tried was the 16-35. Though, thinking more on it now, I should have tried the rx100.  As it grew darker, we got to push the iso.  This was taken at ISO 2500, F5.6, 1/100 sec at 48 mm.

Thank you to Dono and Hector for all the toys and coordinating the setups.
Johnson PhotoImaging, 6709 E State Rd 70, Bradenton, FL 34203


Week 31 – # 29 Shot at 9:00 AM


The view of lava lake within the Halemaʻumaʻu crater inside the Kilauea cauldron.


The view of the Kilauea cauldron and you can see some of the Halemaʻumaʻu crater to the right.  In January, the lava lake rose high enough to over flow the edge of the crater.  I was just happy to see that it rose high enough so we could see some of the lava splattering.


Week 30 – #32 Signage

I went to a restaurant in Hawai’i called Tex.  They are famous for their malasadas. Oh my were they good, but that is another topic.  Inside this basically burger joint were these old signs.  I could not pass them up.







Week 29 – # 21 On the Water

Being in Hawai’i, I could post alot of things for this theme, but I am going with those kids surfing.  Sometimes they are on the water, sometimes above the water and sometimes in the water.  Just fun to





Week 28 – #25 Places of Worship



Valley of the Temples Memorial Park features a 1968 replica of the 11th-century Phoenix Hall of the Byodo-In Buddhist temple complex in Uji, Japan. Inside the main part of the temple is a 9 feet (2.7 m) Amida Buddha statue sitting on a gold lotus leaf.